Let’s face it, spiders are horrible and hardly anyone likes them. They scare people and…well, that reason alone is enough to want them gone.
Despite terrifying people around the world, spiders can be a nuisance in your home. Whilst spiders do not cause damage to your home, as other pests are prone to doing, some of them are dangerous and their venom can cause severe reactions to children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
There are chemicals and pesticides that can straight-up kill spiders, but these are often dangerous when exposed to your family and pets; and they are not environmentally friendly. So, let’s look at some alternative methods. Don’t let the word alternative put you off, these methods have been tried and tested by the most spider-hating people around the globe and they are guaranteed to work. If you hate spiders as much as we do and you want them gone from your home, follow the tips below for a spider-free life!
Spider Control at Ames
Here at Ames, we are pest control experts and we know that there are a definitive number of UK spiders, many of which you may discover in your home. If you do, it is worth trying some of the techniques below for getting rid of spiders. They may be a little bit weird but they are also a little bit wonderful…because they work!
If, however, your home is taken over by a complete invasion of horrible spiders and their population is becoming increasingly problematic, please give us a call. We are here to deal with all your pest control needs and help make your life spider-free!
The Effect of Peppermint
This may seem like a rather relaxing start to my list when you are desperately scrolling the internet for solutions as spiders roam your walls. But do not fear, spiders hate essential oils – especially peppermint! Unlike the relaxing effect peppermint has on humans, it is hated by spiders and physically repels them.
Simply dab droplets of peppermint along pathways, in cracks and crevices around your home or, alternatively, mix it with water in a spray bottle and spritz your whole house. This has two benefits; it makes your house smell incredible and it forces the spiders to evacuate. If only there was a similar method for driving out your adult son…
Fight the Spiders with Vinegar
Don’t use all the vinegar on your fish and chips. I know, it makes them extra tasty but I promise you, they will be much more enjoyable without numerous black hairy spiders watching you from all corners of the lounge.
Vinegar is another version of the peppermint remedy. Fill a spray bottle with a solution of half white vinegar and half water, before spraying it in all spider-laden areas of your home. However, be careful to avoid varnished surfaces as vinegar can ruin their appearance and your aim is to blitz the spiders, not every item of furniture.
To further the success of vinegar, place small open containers in dark corners around your home. The smell of vinegar alone will be enough to send the spiders scurrying for the door!
The Power of Cleaning
On a more personal note, you may need to clean your home. I know, one of the great things about being an adult is not having to clean your room like your mum told you when you lived at home. So, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but cleaning your room is pretty important for keeping the spiders at bay.
You see, spiders like to hide in dark and dusty spots, where they can hide and plan their next scare. To prevent this, dust and clean in every corner and crevice of your home – on a regular basis! Keeping your house clean and decluttered will make it a pretty undesirable location for spiders and a pretty desirable one for your mother!
Protect the Exterior of Your House
The exterior of your home is often the perfect dwelling space for spiders and is one of the first places they choose to hide. Spiders often hide in exterior walls, long grass, rocks and compost or woodpiles. I would highly recommend heading outside, in full-body spider-protecting gear (of course) and clearing up the exterior of your home. Seriously, it will make an enormous difference to the spider populations in your home. It will also make your house look lovely – and who doesn’t want that?
Top Tip: Plant mint or lavender underneath or near your windows. The strong smell drives the spiders away.
Spiders Hate Citrus
I know it may seem odd, but spiders hate citrus. Like, seriously hate it. So, peel a citrus fruit and rub the peel along skirting boards, window sills, bookshelves and anywhere else you suspect spiders may wander. Alternatively, if the thought of wiping fruit around your house isn’t appealing, you can use lemon-scented cleaners and furniture polish or be extra sophisticated and burn some fancy candles.
Live in the Dark
Okay, not exactly. But seriously, light attracts things – not spiders exactly but the little insects they feed on. So, if you want to avoid a whole hoard of insects, spiders and horrible creatures crawling out of the dark and towards the light in your windows, either switch them off or disguise the light by using opaque blinds, blackout curtains or shades. Seriously, you’re like a candle on a hill to insects and they come crawling out of the woodwork at night to creep towards your house.
A spider’s fear of conkers may be an Old Wives’ Tale but I have it on good authority that spiders are literally repelled by chestnuts. While this technique is not scientifically proven to work, and you may look like the crazy lady of the village doing it, scattering a few conkers on windowsills and in the corners of rooms certainly won’t do any harm. Besides, everyone I have talked to said it worked an absolute treat!
I suppose, if you have got this far, you think some of these suggestions are completely crazy. But all I can say is that they work. Just give them a try, you never know! Besides, if you were desperate enough to click on this article in the first place, it seems pointless to leave without giving at least one of the suggestions a go. Let us know in the comments below if you have any success!